Meet Our Principal Cellist!

Pro Arte’s upcoming salon features Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life – Prayer arranged by our very own Steven Laven for two violins, cello and two basses. Steve is our principal cellist and is also a composer and arranger! Read more about Steve in his “member of the week” interview:


Photo by Angel Amy Moreno

What are some of your favorite non-musical hobbies?

I like to hike, ski, play tennis and fish.

Throughout your history with Pro Arte, what has been your favorite concert?

I really enjoyed the concert when we played William Schuman Symphony Number 3. It was a new piece for all of us and it was a pleasure getting to know it. Kevin did a great job introducing it at the performance.

What foods and meals do you like to cook?

I like to cook spaghetti and meatballs, with Italian opera playing loudly on the stereo!

Steven Laven, cellist, a South Bend, Indiana native, appears with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Principal Cellist), the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He is also an adjunct instructor of cello and chamber music at Rhode Island College, performing in the faculty Proteus String Quartet. Previously, Mr. Laven has held titled positions in the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. He has earned cello performance degrees from the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music.

Mr. Laven is the Director of Strings at the St. Mark’s School and enjoys composing and arranging music for string players of all levels. His piece “Snake River Stomp” won the 2008 Texas Orchestra Director’s Association composition competition, and his cello quartet version of “A Barnraising” was performed on NPR’s “From the Top.” Ensembles from the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle, Colorado and Omaha Symphony Orchestras have performed Mr. Laven’s compositions, as well as youth orchestras and school string programs across the country.

Come Hear Steve in Belmont on March 26th, 2015 at 7 PM!

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